Joanne Loewenstern (79 years-old) of Boca Raton, FL finally met her 100-year-old biological mother for the very first time.
Turns out her mom, Lillian Ciminieri, lives a mere 70 miles away in Port St. Lucie and had been told that her baby girl had died during childbirth.
According to HuffPost, Ciminieri had lamented to family many times over the years:
I lost my daughter.
Meanwhile, Loewenstern, who found out at age 16 that she had been born to a single woman in the Bronx, New York, in 1938, had been given up for adoption. (Apparently, without her mother’s knowledge or consent.) Loewenstern, too was told her biological mother had died in childbirth but says that explanation never "felt right" to her.